Golden Compound’s home compostable coffee capsule achieved the 1st prize at the „Biocomposite of the Year 2019“ innovation award


Ladbergen / GER: Already for the seventh time in a row, the “Biocomposite of the Year” innovation award has been bestowed to materials representing a proven alternative to plastic. The award ceremony, organized by nova-Institute took place at the “8th Biocomposites Conference Cologne” on November 14th. Among the six new materials nominated for the innovation award there were selected premium applications for various branches (i.e. automotive, packaging, consumer goods) in form of Natural Fibre Composites (NFC) and Wood-Plastic Composites (WPC).

This time the HOMEcap developed by Golden Compound Ltd. (GER) achieved the 1st place among the top six candidates. This innovation is the world’s first and only home compostable coffee capsule certified with “OK Compost HOME”. HOMEcap, sucessfully launched on the market at the beginning of 2019, is made from a unique compound comprising sunflower seed shells, PTTMCC Biochems, bio-based polymers PBS and PBSA as well as inorganic fillers. As to industrial composting Golden Compound’s HOMEcap outperformed currently available PLA-capsules in a recent field test under real conditions.

Considerable environmental benefits

Additional benefit for the environment: Unlike other coffee capsules using Aluminium sealing foils, the HOMEcap offers a special and sustainable technology: A paper and cellulose based lid, sealable to the capsule without additional glue and therefore home compostable as well. “This sealing technology with it’s aroma-proof barrier delivers a top coffee taste and moreover it enables the whole capsule as well as the coffee dregs to be completely exploited in the home compostable process. Capsule, sealing barrier and coffee dregs step by step turn into fertilizer and potting soil avoiding considerable waste streams and polluting transport activites,” as Reinhard Trumme, Member of Golden Compound’s Managing Board, says.

The recent award as “Biocomposite of the Year 2019” continues the successful series: Already in May 2019 Golden Compound’s HOMEcap – as the only capsule for home use – obtained the NOVA Innovation Award 2019 as „bio-based material of the year“. A few weeks ago it was honoured as „Recommended Product“  by PSI Sustainability Award 2019.


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